APR 02nd 2015

'Banging' debut for AMG’s latest AMG GLE 63 SUV

We’re used to the concept of autonomous cars, but Mercedes-Benz raised the bar with an unusual introduction for the new AMG GLE 63. The alliteratively-named rocketship ML replacement arrived on stage behind an autonomous drumkit (we don’t know what that is either… ed), the skins being hammered by American jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana.

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Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board, Mercedes-AMG announced not just the AMG GLE 63 and its more powerful AMG GLE 63 S alternative, but also brought along an AMG G65 for the traditionalist Mercedes-AMG buyer with a penchant for biturboed V12 lunacy in an ancient, if endearing (and at over $200,000, expensive), package.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S, W 166,  face lift 2015

With the USA a huge market for AMGs, and SUV’s, New York couldn’t have been better picked for launching these new AMGs. Almost apologetically Mercedes-Benz wheeled out their new Smart fortwo beforehand, partially offsetting the lunacy of AMG’s latest SUV offerings. With the 5.5-litre biturbo V8 offering 550hp in regular guise, and 577hp in S, American GLE 63 owners can reach 62mph in around 4 seconds and, should they find some useful corners, AMG’s Active Curve System with active anti-roll bars keep body roll in check. With its four-wheel drive system, splitting drive 40/60 front to rear, managing all that power too, the AMG GLE 63 promises to keep Cayennes, X5s and Range Rover Sports honest, too. We’ll find out soon enough, watch this space for a drive…

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S, W 166,  face lift 2015

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